A traffic advisory from The Kansas Department of Transportation. KDOT is removing and replacing pavement markings on U.S. 400 in Greenwood County. The work starts at the north U.S. 400/K-99 junction, and continues east for 15 miles to the Greenwood-Wilson county line. Flaggers and a pilot car are directing one-lane traffic through the work zone. Expect daytime delays of 15 minutes or less through the end of April.
SEK-CAP, The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, has set a deadline for accepting applications for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program. The deadline has been set at 4:30pm on Tuesday, April 30th. The program is funded through the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation. It assists qualifying homeless individuals and families with rental subsidies, along with security and utility deposits.
The Humboldt USD 258 school district will host its first “Peace of Mind Festival” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Humboldt High School. The main event will be a presentation by mental health advocate and crisis intervention expert Jeff Yalden. The festival centers around the district’s “Peace Of Mind” program that provides mental health services to students in the district. It’s to encourage a more open conversation about mental health, and to help shatter the lingering stigma.
Iola native Clara Wicoff, who is a junior at Kansas State University, has received a 2019 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Register reports that she was nominated by KSU for the prestigious scholarship that provides up to $30,000 for post-graduate studies concerning public service. Clara is the daughter of Lisa and Joel Wicoff and graduated from Iola High School.
If all goes well, Iola’s Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park will be ready for the public by early summer. Iola City Council members are expected to look at bids on April 22 to redo the flooring inside the building. It has been closed to the public since it was flooded in October. Assistant Iola City Administrator Corey Schinstock told The Iola Register, it should take a few weeks after that to get the flooring installed. That would put the building’s opening at the end of May.
Allen County commissioners accepted their planning board’s recommendation to unanimously approve a permit for a new communications tower. The Register reports that it will be 490-feet tall and located just south of the landfill near LaHarpe. The tower will be used to facilitate communications for the various public safety departments across the county. Preliminary work is underway and the site still needs FAA approval.
The Managing Editor of The Allen Flame newspaper at ACC has won a statewide award. Lindsey Temaat was awarded the Kansas Collegiate Media Award for 2019 Journalist of the Year in the Two-Year University Division. Temaat received the award Monday at the KCM Spring Conference in Wichita. She competed against applicants from two-year colleges across the state of Kansas. Temaat is also the Student Senate president.
Humboldt council members have made it clear that they are willing to help support an ambulance station in the city. The Register reports that could include payment of utilities, including phone, fax and cable services. A new station, a block north of the downtown business district, will be built soon. County commissioners viewed plans a week ago but asked the architect to explore less expensive options for the building.
In the USD 257 bond election, all 3 questions pass:
PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 11) . . . . . 11 100.00%
Proposition No. 1 Elementary School
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 64.43%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.57%
Proposition No. 2 IHS Science Building
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 64.17%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.57%
Proposition No. 3 IMS HVAC
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . 67.99%
No. . . . . . . . . . . . . 32.01%
USD 257 voters will head to the polls today for a special school bond election. At stake is whether Iola will build a new elementary school for $25.5 million. There are also two other options: to build a new science and technology building at the high school campus for $7 million and to replace heating, ventilation and cooling systems at Iola Middle School for $2.8 million. Those two options will only occur if the elementary school passes. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Bass North Community Building at 505 North Buckeye and the Gas Community Center. Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked by today and received at the clerk’s office by Friday. We’ll have results both tonight and tomorrow morning on our Facebook and Twitter pages, also on iolaradio dot com and on the air.
The Kansas Senate voted Monday to confirm David Toland for state commerce secretary by a 23-14 vote. He survived an effort by several groups to derail his confirmation.
A Humboldt business is asking a judge to reverse Allen County’s decision that blocked a request to start up a rock quarry. According to The Register, D&D Propane, Inc., owned by David Gant of Humboldt, and his business partners at Mid-State Materials, LLC, filed a petition this week in Allen County District Court. In it, the businesses claimed Allen County commissioners Jerry Daniels, Bill King and Bruce Symes acted “unreasonably and arbitrarily” when they voted to deny a conditional use permit to quarry rock from land Gant owns between Iola and Humboldt. The matter was previously heard by the Allen County Planning Commission which voted, 6-1, to recommend the county deny the permit. Allen County District Judge Daniel Creitz set a scheduling and conference hearing to discuss the petition at 9:30 a.m. June 4.